Banksy Decends on New Orleans

August 29, 2008 · Print This Article

Bansky Decends on New OrleansSatirical stencil and graffiti artist Banksy has descended on New Orleans with spray can in hand and made a series of works on everything from abandoned buildings to levees.

In a recent interview he told the UK’s Sky News: “Three years after Katrina I wanted to make a statement about the state of the clean-up operation.”

Then went on to say that the levee wall offered “the best painting surface in the state of Louisiana.”

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Damien Hirst Cuts Out the Middle Gal’lery and Sells Direct

August 26, 2008 · Print This Article

Damien Hirst Golden Calf
Back in mid September Damien Hirst decided to sell his art directly via Sotheby’s auction house. Bypassing his big-name gallerists: Larry Gagosian and Jay Joplin. Sotheby’s is enthusiastic and breathless needless to say.

Sotheby’s spokesman Oliver Barker has been quoted that “Damien is totally fearless. He’s not just an outstanding artist; he’s a cultural phenomenon.”

Gagosian & Joplin’s comment was not fit to print.

Sales are expected to range between $100 to $200 million. The most expensive of which is expected to be a cow with golden horns and hoofs encased in a formaldehyde filled gold display case.

Anyone that is familiar with the state of the film or especially the music industry will have a feeling of deja vu. As the middle market is continually in decline and producers and consumers are finding the distance and materials between them are either disappearing or rearranging in more direct value matchmaking oriented ways.

The conventional wisdom is that only blue chip artists could make this leap successfully but music has already show that even entry level artists can find that the old model of parent/child is less successful then a more community focused matchmaking system managed by independent investors or other like minded creators.

Art Overshadows Beijing Olympic Handoff to London

August 26, 2008 · Print This Article

Harvey's painting of Myra Hindley
An uproar has grown over the inclusion of British artist Marcus Harvey’s massive portrait of child killer Myra Hindley in London’s promotional video showcasing well-known London landmarks.

The painting which was created using the handprints of children to recreate the portrait of the nationally reviled killer who died in prison in 2002, was exhibited at London’s Royal Academy of Art in 1997.

Visit London used the image as part of a montoge to promote London and it’s landmarks of industry, nature & culture.and was played on a loop at a private party in Beijing attended by British politicians, 2012 Olympic officials and British athletes.

Also it was the backdrop of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and London Mayor Boris Johnson’s speech they gave during the party that was transmitted back to the UK.

Visit London defended the video as “a general, three-minute video of London in which an artwork by Marcus Harvey very fleetingly appears.”

Come for the Chekhov stay for the Burlesque

August 18, 2008 · Print This Article

In today’s world of shrinking Arts support and fickle audiences one gallery mixes the fiber of Community Outreach Theater with the frosted wheat side of Burlesque performances. Put them together and you get a show that is literally a two for one.

Now the question is can even that business model work? Theatre Yawp hopes it can.

Chicago Mag Names BaS Best Podcast of 2008

August 2, 2008 · Print This Article

Chicago magazine names Bad at Sports best Podcast of 2008

Chicago Magazine has doubled down on a bad bet they made in February by not only backing the statement they made that Bad at Sports was one of the best Chicago art sites but now has named it the Best Podcast of 2008. Everyone here wants to say thank you for the award and for putting us in a position where we now have to perform to expectations.

We have a lot of growth and new projects in the works. So with the Art season starting up very soon keep checking in to see the interviews, articles, news & video that is coming down the pike. We hope to make the next year better then any before.

Quoted from the Article:

“Founded in 2005 by two friends over a drink, Bad at Sports (badatsports.com) is a podcast that manages to educate and entertain on a subject that causes the brains of most people to fog over and disengage: contemporary art. Originally a fun side project, the weekly interview show invites guests-from emerging talent to bona fide heavies like Kerry James Marshall to discuss art exhibitions, trends and news events such as the recent death of Robert Rauschenberg. With it’s loose, finding-it’s-way vibe, the show yields discussions so illuminating you begin to wonder whether the hosts-Duncan MacKenzie, a 31 year old artist and lecturer, and Richard Holland, a 36 year old artist and lawyer-are nursing dreams about becoming broadcasting professionals. WBEZ, are you listening?”